Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Case of Immunity 

The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hassan Salah
Rachman Habib
Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ...
Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins ...
The King
George Skaff ...
Nate Esformes ...
André Lawrence ...
Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Bill Zuckert ...
Capt. August
2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ...
Jay Varela ...
Capt. Ortega


Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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king | embassy | murder | gate | legation | See All (54) »


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12 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sal Mineo is the second real life murder victim to play a murder victim in "Columbo". The same thing happened to a murder victim (played by Barbara Colby) in Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971). See more »


When Hassan Salah leaves the embassy to go meet Habib at the cliff, he bends down and uses the key to unlock his car door. He opens the door and the window glass is clearly lowered. He could have just reached through the open window and unlocked the door. More likely, the door wasn't locked to begin with. See more »


Kura: [Watching the King board a plane] There's something of the father in the son, eh, Hassan?
Hassan Salah: There's something of his father in many of us, Hajj, but the throne makes the man, not the blood.
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Another solid Columbo mystery
20 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I may be biased as I am a huge fan of Columbo and always have been. A Case of Immunity is not one of my favourites but it like a vast majority of the Columbo episodes is very solid. The ending is rather predictable and I didn't entirely buy how Columbo's trick worked as well as it did, but overall the story was clever and interesting with the scenes between Falk and Elizondo really shining and a nice offbeat briskly paced feel to it, and the writing is intelligent and sometimes amusing. The episode looks great, slickly shot and with beautiful scenery, and the music is as haunting and as fitting as ever. Of the support cast, Sal Mineo comes off best. But it is the two leads that captivates, Peter Falk continues to embody the character of Columbo and Hector Elizondo is oily and intelligent with wonderful eyes, among the best of any Columbo villain I'd say. Overall, a solid and entertaining mystery with an interesting story and two great leads. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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